5. Assessment Policy and Regulations
5.1 University Assessment Policy5.1.1The University Assessment Policy sets out the philosophy, principles and regulations that guide and regulate assessment practices for Ug and TPg curricula at the University (Appendix 5.1):
- Assessment should reflect what and how students have learnt, and should enhance, facilitate, and support their learning experiences.
- The University seeks to ensure that its students are assessed in appropriate, credible, fair, rigorous and transparent manners at all times.
- Assessment is an important vehicle for supporting and guiding student learning.
- There should be alignment between PLOs and CLOs, and the assessment processes and standards.
- A diversity of forms of assessment needs to be employed, and there should be a good balance of different forms of assessment appropriate for different types of learning experience in a programme or curriculum.
- Assessment procedures should exemplify ethical practice, academic integrity and honesty, impartial judgments, equity and moderation.
- An important function of assessment is that it can provide feedback on learning to students, individually or collectively.
- The University adopts standards-referenced assessment, which affords a holistic judgment of competencies and attainment of learning outcomes.
Other aspects such as grade descriptors and moderation of grading are also covered in the University Assessment Policy. Faculties and the CC Office may draw up specific assessment policies as they deem fit, for consideration by the Senate.
5.2.6There are other University regulations and guidelines concerning assessments and examinations, as embodied in the following documents:
- General Regulations (Appendix 1.13 in Chapter 1);
- Regulations Governing Students’ Academic Conduct Concerning Assessment (Appendix 5.6);
- Policy on Student Plagiarism in Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Curricula (Section 5.4);
- Instructions to Candidates and Instructions to Candidates Sitting Online Examinations (Appendix 5.7);
- Notes for the Information of Internal Examiners and Invigilators (Appendix 5.8);
- Form of Medical Certificate (Appendix 5.9);
- Security Measures: Question Papers and Worked Answer Scripts (Appendix 5.10); and
- Guidelines for Handling Students’ Requests for Examination Scripts and Other Examination-related Personal Data, and for Provision of Feedback to Students on Assessment (Appendix 5.11).
5.4 Academic integrity and plagiarism
5.4.1The University is committed to upholding the highest standards of academic integrity. Plagiarism is regarded as a serious offence. It is a violation of the Regulations Governing Students’ Academic Conduct Concerning Assessment (Appendix 5.6). Any student who has committed plagiarism is liable to disciplinary action.